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Montana to receive funds previously withheld funds by Big Tobacco

By Marian Johns | Jul 31, 2018

HELENA, Mont. — A recent settlement reached between the state of Montana and tobacco companies will help ensure the commitments made by the companies that date back to a 1998 nationwide master settlement agreement that resolved multiple state lawsuits, according to the state's attorney general.

Missouri attorney general alleges Google paid manufacturers to have web browser pre-installed

By Marian Johns | Jul 31, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has served Google with an investigative subpoena alleging the tech company took improper steps to have its web browser pre-installed in order to access several Android applications.

Massachusetts alleges store owner denied African-American, Middle Easterner entry

By Marian Johns | Jul 31, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts is accusing an upscale shoe and clothing store owner of denying service to an African-American and Middle Easterner who were shopping in his Back Bay store.

N.Y. attorney general accuses Rochester home improvement contractors of writing fake online reviews

By Marian Johns | Jul 30, 2018

ROCHESTER — New York state Attorney General Barbara Underwood has filed a lawsuit against two Rochester home improvement contractors and their company for defrauding consumers with fake reviews and failing to perform services promised.

Massachusetts electrical, lighting supplier to pay $2.3 million for alleged overbilling

By Marian Johns | Jul 30, 2018

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's allegations that a Quincy-based electrical and lighting product supplier overbilled hundreds of state entities, have been resolved with a $2.3 million settlement.

Climate change roundup: NYC appeals loss, Big Oil attacks Wash. county’s lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jul 30, 2018

New York City and the private lawyers it hired to sue the fossil fuel industry over alleged effects of climate change will not accept a federal judge’s recent decision to throw the lawsuit out of court.

19 attorney generals file amicus brief for Supreme Court's review of Google settlement appeal

By Marian Johns | Jul 27, 2018

PHOENIX — A coalition of 19 state attorneys general, led by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, have filed an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court relating to the Google class action settlement appeal that it will be deciding next term.

Arkansas requests online retailers to remove unwashed poppy seeds after morphine intoxication death

By Marian Johns | Jul 27, 2018

LITTLE ROCK — The state of Arkansas is asking online retailers to remove "unwashed" poppy seeds from their product selections after an Arkansas man died from morphine intoxication as a result of consuming tea made from the unwashed seeds.

Washington state reaches agreement with 7 fast food chains to end 'no-poaching' provisions

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

SEATTLE — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has reached legally binding agreements among fast food chains to remove what are known as "no poach provisions" from their franchise agreements resulting in the companies' ending the restrictions that kept workers from moving among the chains.

Illinois seeks to ban 2 professional fundraising companies from soliciting in state

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has filed two lawsuits against Chicago-based professional fundraisers who allegedly practiced illegal fundraising and violated the state's Solicitation for Charity Act.

Court rules financial services software company litigation will remain in Hawaii

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

HONOLULU — Hawaii's Attorney General Russell Suzuki received a legal victory recently after a court ruled that litigation involving Hawaii and a financial services software company will remain in the state.

Missouri files criminal sanctions against company that plead guilty to human trafficking

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has filed a criminal sanctions motion against backpage.com in connection with an investigation into alleged human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors.

Massachusetts alleges Berkshire County hotel took illegal paycheck deductions

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

BOSTON — A Berkshire County hotel will pay $62,000 in restitution and penalties for alleged illegal paycheck deductions.

Maryland to join lawsuit challenging new federal tax law designed to cap SALT deductions

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

BALTIMORE — The state of Maryland has joined in a lawsuit that challenges a new federal tax law that will add a cap to and reduce state and local tax (SALT) deductions.

California ordered to immediately return subprime crisis money 'unlawfully diverted' to general fund

By John Breslin | Jul 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – California must immediately return more than $300 million transferred to the state's general fund from its share of billions of dollars paid by the country's largest mortgage services companies for their alleged roles in the subprime mess.

Losing streak emerges as NYC, hired guns lose climate change case against Big Oil

By John O'Brien | Jul 20, 2018

Federal judges continue to reject the efforts of private lawyers who hold a financial stake in lawsuits brought by government officials against the oil industry over the alleged effects of climate change.

Florida AG sues operators of travel agency that allegedly scammed clients

By Marian Johns | Jul 20, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The State of Florida has filed a court action against a group travel sales company and its owners for allegedly failing to provide promised travel packages to college, high school, church choir and band groups who were scheduled to perform in foreign countries.

20 Attorney Generals send plea to Senate to fight abusive lending practices

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 19, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) — Led by Colorado's Cynthia Coffman, a bipartisan multi-state coalition of Attorneys Generals recently sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging its members to reject legislation that would hamper efforts to fight abusive lending practices.

California AG applauds state supreme court's ruling on gun microstamping

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 19, 2018

Following the California Supreme Court’s rejection of gun industry advocates’ complaints about “microstamping,” a weapons-identification system regulation, Attorney General Xavier Becerra praised the results, calling the state a leader that would “not go backwards.”

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